With 1,850 locations in 41 different states and almost a half century of operations, Chick-Fil-A has become a fixture of American fast-food. But, the Atlanta-based chain still lacks one significant accomplishment on its resume: a standalone restaurant in New York City.
Well, not for long.
Yesterday, Chick Fil-A announced that it will open a three-story eatery in the middle of Manhattan prior to the fall of this year. The 5000-square foot restaurant will be situated on the corner of Sixth Avenue (aka Avenue of the Americas) and 37th Street:
According to Crain's New York Business, the self-styled “inventor of the chicken sandwich” says it plans to open other locations in New York in the coming months and years. Currently, the only presence Chick-Fil-A has in the Big Apple is in NYU's food court.
Chick-Fil-A VP of Public Relations Carrie Kurlander says:
“We are beyond excited about opening our first freestanding restaurant in New York. This location will allow us to serve fans who have been asking us to come to New York and to earn the opportunity to serve new customers.”
Many people on Twitter were more than excited about the announcement:
Well, most were excited. Some should beware:
Finally, some had other points to make:
The new Chick-Fil-A is slated to hold ten registers and as many as 80 seats — all of which will likely be needed by the largest fast-food chicken place in the U.S. to offset the reported $450 per square foot lease.
Still, don't expect to for any Chick-Fil-A while watching a Sunday Giants or Jets game. That's because, like all other Chick-Fil-A restaurants nationwide, the New York location will be closed on Sundays.